Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Please Feel Free to Discriminate about the Country, if you are a Federal Manager

It is a rough week for me, and I only got a chance to check my email recently. Sure enough, I got an alert that's related to a story I wrote about elsewhere about a month ago. On February 18th the Washington Post reported that the Federal Government had begun removing information about sexual orientation discrimination from web sites. I don't recall the government response at the time, but those protections had been available to Federal workers for over 25 years. Perhaps that response was from Mr. Bush himself, as he came out for the a Federal Amendment to the Constitution defining marriage only six days later. Mr. Bush pandering to the Religious Right

Today, it has been reported by Federal Times that the Office of Special Counsel is reviewing whether gays are protected in the workplace. They still will be protected for political activities, it notes, but the very fact of being gay may now jeopardize their jobs. federaltimes.com
A gay employee who is fired or demoted for attending a gay pride rally would receive protection from the Office of Special Counsel. But the same employee would have no recourse at OSC if he was fired or demoted simply for being gay.

This is new Special Counsel Scott Bloch’s initial reading of a 1978 law intended to protect employees and job applicants from adverse personnel actions taken against them for reasons unrelated to their job performance.

This story has no legs as yet, but it is interesting to note that George Bush in the October 11, 2000 Presidential debate said that gays should have all the rights of other citizens. I don't take that to be referring to marriage, but certainly the rights the government was giving them at the time. Does this make Mr. Bush a liar?

Here's some words he used during this year's State of the Union Address:
"I believe we should respect individuals as we take a principled stand for one of the most fundamental, enduring institutions of our civilization."

Before changing topics, Bush said, "The outcome of this debate is important -- and so is the way we conduct it. The same moral tradition that defines marriage also teaches that each individual has dignity and value in God's sight."
>CNN report on 2004 SOTU speech
You decide. Is threatening the protection gays have had for 25 years the same as treating each individual with dignity?

Oh, just go ahead and spit. You can rinse later. You should taste this lie for a while.